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Adams attends Dublin Monaghan Memorial

17 May, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today attended the ceremony in Talbot Street, Dublin to mark the anniversary of the Dublin Monaghan bombs on May 17th 1974.

The Sinn Féin leader commended the “tireless efforts of Justice for the Forgotten who continue to campaign for full disclosure by the British government”.

Mr. Adams also praised the efforts of the Ballymurphy Massacre families. The Sinn Féin President raised both cases with the Taoiseach in the Dáil on Tuesday.

The Louth TD said:

“I want to commend the efforts of the Ballymurphy families who after 46 years of campaigning have succeeded in securing a date for a full inquest for September next year. There is much work still to be done to ensure that they get to the truth of what occurred in the greater Ballymurphy area in August 1971.

“It is also important to remember that the Ballymurphy case is one of 56 legacy inquest cases which are still waiting to proceed. Many of these families, like the 11 Ballymurphy families and the families of the victims of the McGurk bomb attack, have been waiting for decades for inquests. The holding of an inquest within a reasonable time is an important part of the European Convention on Human Rights. It is unacceptable that so many still have to be held and that the British government refuses to provide the necessary funding.”

Speaking after attending the Dublin Monaghan memorial:

“Today, we gathered at the memorial in Talbot Street to remember the families of the 33 civilians and one unborn child who died in the Dublin Monaghan bombings in May 1974. The Dublin Monaghan Bombs were carried out by the Glennane gang based in South Armagh which included UVF, MI5, RUC, as well as UDR members.

“The same gang was responsible for scores more killings, including the bomb attack in Dundalk on the 19 December 1975 in which 2 local men Jack Rooney and Hughie Waters were killed.

“In the years since, successive Irish governments have failed to effectively challenge the British state on this and to hold it account for its actions.

“A Commission of Inquiry under Mr. Justice Henry Barron described the attacks as ‘acts of international terrorism that were colluded in by the British security forces’.

“In March, the families went to the High Court in Belfast, as part of civil proceedings, seeking full disclosure from the British government over the collusion between British agents and the UVF. The Irish government needs to fully support the families in their efforts to have all of the archive documents released.

“We also need the Irish government to take a firm stand with the British on their refusal to keep to the commitments on legacy issues in the Stormont House and Fresh Start agreements.” 

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